Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Food Storage Fudge

If I were to print the real title for this fudge, I could host a competition in how fast you can “click away”... After all - who worries about fudge in their food storage anyway?  If you have an extra can of beans (pinto beans for instance) that you aren’t motivated to use right away - you’ll be surprised at what they can yield. 

So... why Pinto Bean Fudge?  I made this to take as a sample to one of the ward conferences that I visit as part of my church calling in the Stake Relief Society.  Our Stake Presidency asked us to put together and present a Powerpoint presentation on how to navigate (and use) a marvelous website called providentliving.org.  This website teaches how to live “providently” - a novel concept for the economic climate we are all experiencing right now.
You’ll find many resources there to help you in your efforts to live providently.  We recommended using a Food Storage Cookbook - which is where we found this recipe for fudge.  

Now, granted - food storage is not a way to stockpile fudge.  But - it is a great way to use old dry beans.  If you have had dry beans stored for years - check this resource out (HERE) to know how to prepare them to use in this recipe.

I have to admit - when I made this and took an initial taste - I was less than impressed.  I let it stand (covered) overnight and took it to my meeting - ready to apologize for it’s nastiness.  

I was surprised that everyone who tasted it loved it, so I gave it another chance.  It had miraculously morphed overnight.  My explanation is that the beans somehow softened and the grittiness disappeared as it mellowed within a few hours.

For this 'food storage' recipe - go to:


  1. I would have never thought to put beans and chocolate together into fudge. If I tried this though, I bet I wouldn't even notice!

  2. Food storage might not be a way to stockpile fudge, but it'll come in handy when I have to use it to barter some fruits, vegetables and water from someone else!
    Erin McMilon